A shortcut to Rovno Gubernya

In a special gala star-studded Carnegie Hall performance of that rarely-heard gem Candide this spring, the old lady will be Patricia Racette. She will sing the role of the Old Lady.

Mourning glory

salome-racetteIn his excellent book Humiliation, Wayne Koestenbaum describes why he likes to watch clips of Liza Minnelli on YouTube: “I want to see her humiliation,” he writes.  Read more »

“It’s a return!”

salomePatricia Racette will add a new role to her Met repertory as the title character in all performances of Strauss’s Salome this season, replacing the originally announced Catherine Naglestad…” says the Met press office.

And boy were her arms tired

“15 Classical Musicians Who Are Out and Proud”

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The devil is in the details

Certain operas are better in theory than practice.

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There is something I must do, there is something I must do

Your Own La Cieca has emerged from semi-retirement to present the 2014 Pubie Awards.

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